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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers






The Flyers come into tonight’s game having dropped their home opener, 6-4 to NJ on Thursday night… They have not lost their first two home games to begin a season since the start of the 2008-09 season, when they lost three straight… The Flyers are also trying to avoid an overall 0-3-0 start for the third consecutive season… The Flyers are in the midst of a three-game homestand and play their third game in a four-day span, while the Canadiens begin the season on a four-game road trip, tonight being the third game of that trip, and play four games in a six-day span… Montreal won it’s first two games of the season despite trailing after the first period in both contests and both games have also been decided by one goal, including their last game by a shootout.






This is the first and only visit the Canadiens will make to Philadelphia this season in their three-game series… Last season, the Flyers went 2-1-0 against Montreal and won both games on home ice… The Canadiens scored four of their six goals in the series in the third period last year… Michael Raffl has two goals in two career games against Montreal, while goaltender Steve Mason is a perfect 3-0-0 in his career against the Canadiens, posting a 1.62 GAA and .936 save percentage… For the Canadiens, Max Pacioretty averages nearly a point per-game with 12 points (3g-9a) in 13 career games against the Flyers… The Flyers will have played two of their first three games of the season against the only two teams in the NHL that they have an all-time losing mark against - tonight against Montreal and Boston being the other… The Flyers own a 70-77-30-4 record against Montreal, but a winning 38-34-16-2 mark on home ice.



The Flyers will wear their third jersey for the first of 12 times in tonight’s game… Claude Giroux leads the team with eight shots on goal in the first two games, including seven in their last game vs. NJ - Sean Couturier and Michael Del Zotto rank second with six shots each… Defenseman PK Subban leads Montreal with nine shots on goal through their first two games… The Canadiens are 0-for-7 on the power-play so far this season, while the Flyers are 2-for-8… The Flyers have scored all five of their goals in the second and third period, while Montreal has scored three of their five goals in the third period this year… Around the League, tonight is just the sixth time in NHL history that all 30 NHL teams will be in action with 15 games on the schedule - it is the first of two occasions this will happen in 2014-15.

 




Voracek takes his game to another level against the Montreal… He averages a point per-game pace over his career with three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 13 games… Voracek has points, both assists, in each of his first two games this season… Last season he had two assists and was a plus-3 in three games against Montreal… Voracek posted 34 of his 62 points on home ice last year and was a team high plus-16 at the Wells Fargo Center… Voracek is now seven points shy of 300 career points in the NHL.

Plekanec has three goals in Montreal’s first two games, including the game-winning goal with 42 seconds remaining to beat the Maple Leafs at Toronto in the season opener… Plekanec typically matches up against the top lines of each team he faces… The 31-year old has spent all 11 seasons of his NHL career with the Canadiens after being drafted in the 3rd round (71st overall) by Montreal in 2001… Against the Flyers, he had a goal and an assist in last year’s three-game series and overall has 25 points (7g-18a) and is a plus-10 in 34 career games.



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